One team winning three consecutive titles is one of the biggest rarities in sports.
That is the proverbial phrase that will be the elephant in the room for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide this fall.
Considering that no major college or pro sports team has accomplished the feat since the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-02, history is an indicator of just how tough this task can be.
However, no one has mastered the art of getting players to consistently play against a standard instead of strictly focusing on results like Saban.
There are on-field issues to address as well, such as retooled units in the trenches on both sides of the ball and in the secondary.
That plus a host of hungry challengers in the nation’s toughest conference stand in the way of Alabama’s pursuit of its 16th national title in school history.
Find out more about the four toughest tasks that Alabama must conquer in order to capture its third consecutive national title.